On the right track with One Direction

Pictures by: 
Jeremy Long
Report by: 
Catherine Robert

Singapore fans of UK boy band One Direction will get their spot of fame come Saturday, better known to Directioners as 1D Day.
More precisely, they will get up to four minutes in the limelight.
More than 400 fans turned up on Sunday at Gardens by the Bay for the 1D carnival — hosted by Hot FM91.3 DJs Boy Thunder and Adam Piperdy — to film a choreographed routine for the quintet’s hit single Best Song Ever, which will be viewed by the boys themselves and featured during the seven-hour live broadcast of 1D Day.
Those who pre-ordered One Direction’s new album, Midnight Memories, were given a wrist tag and were able to enjoy face-painting, airbrush tattoos, manicures, candy floss and other activities.
The two DJs had uploaded a video on Nov 4 of the steps for fans to follow.
Aashna Dikshit, 13, told The New Paper: “I didn’t mind practising five times a day because I love One Direction so much.
“(In their songs), they say things that no other boy would ever say to us.”

Aashna, who said she had been bullied by peers at an international school here during her elementary education when they made fun of her last name, claimed that the group — comprising Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson, aged between 19 and 21 — “saved her life”.
The United World College student said: “When Harry sings his part in Little Things, it’s like he went into my soul and described me.
“And it just made me feel like I was beautiful no matter what other people said about me.”

Aashna’s housewife mum, Mrs Arti Dikshit, 40, feels at ease knowing what kind of encouragement One Direction is giving her daughter.
She said: “I think the five boys have given these girls some kind of wonderland, drawing them away from the harsh realities that are on the Internet nowadays... and pushing them towards something more positive.”

Like Aashna, 13-year-old Directioner Putri Mohd Kamarul Zaman also practised her choreography for at least 30 minutes every day.
Putri had also been bullied in school. Her classmates teased her and called her fat after she failed her National Physical Fitness Assessment test.
She said: “I was always very upset. Everyone always seemed nice at first but suddenly when they had cliques of their own, they just ended up ganging up on me. “One Direction really saved my life. I don’t know how I would have got through all that without their songs. I always cry when I listen to them because they really know how to bring peace when I’m in chaos. “Their songs mention all my insecurities, but at the same time they always remind me that I am beautiful.”

The article related to these pictures was first published in The New Paper on November 19, 2013.